Who? Cleveland Cavaliers (9-38) vs. Chicago Bulls (10-36)
When? 1:00 p.m. EST
Where? Quicken Loans Arena — Cleveland, Ohio
Where on my eyeballs? Fox Sports Ohio, NBA League Pass
Cavaliers status update: Kevin Love (Foot - OUT), John Henson (Wrist - OUT), J.R. Smith (Not with team), Tristan Thompson (Foot - OUT), Larry Nance Jr. (Knee - OUT), David Nwaba (Ankle - OUT)
Bulls status update: TBD
The Cavaliers and Bulls have been the two worst teams in the NBA so far this season. While the bottom three teams in the NBA will have identical odds of picking 1-3 in what is considered by many to be a one to three player draft, this is still a significant match-up.
Stressing over who wins and loses this game is probably not a great way to spend your energy, given the aforementioned flattening of the lottery odds. But it will be somewhat of a measuring stick game as the Cavs return home after a tough West coast trip.
With almost every veteran on the roster out of the lineup, this will once again be a test of the Cavs young players.
Can Collin Sexton build upon his career-high in assists against Denver? Can Cedi Osman continue to keep his efficiency trending in the right direction? Can Ante Zizic keep his streak of three straight double digit scoring performances alive?
Given the quality of opponent in front of them, one would hope the answer would be yes. The result likely isn’t as important to the team as the need to see some positive signs from their young players.
This season has been relatively bleak and teams are certainly overlooking the Cavs whenever they come up on the schedule. But given those circumstances, it would be nice to see the team start to generate momentum with their young players that can be carried into next season. Regardless of where you view their respective ceilings, how they perform in these games matter.
Fear the Sword’s Fearless Prediction
Early games are never clean or aesthetically pleasing basketball. Fortunately, neither of these teams ever really play that way. Cavs win a slugfest 105-98.